If you have braces on your teeth, you need to be extra cautious about your overall dental care. Without proper care, your braces can be damaged easily. Besides, poor oral hygiene exposes you to gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth staining. The following tips will guide you on how to take care of your teeth if you have braces.

1. Brush your teeth after eating

You should brush your teeth every time after eating. Delay in removing the food particles that are trapped in the braces increases your risk of developing dental problems. When brushing your teeth, start by rinsing your mouth with water to loosen the food particles. Secondly, brush your gum line softly to avoid bruises and bleeding. Thirdly, clean the wires and pins of the braces and then brush your teeth gently for about two minutes. Lastly, rinse your teeth and braces thoroughly and examine them in the mirror for any remaining food particles.

2. Floss your teeth once daily

Floss your teeth every day to eliminate the food particles that are hard to remove using your toothbrush. It is advisable to always use a waxed floss thread because it slides easily between your teeth and braces. When flossing, focus on the spaces between the braces and also under the wires where food particles are trapped. If your teeth are widely spaced, you can use an interdental brush as it is more suitable for such teeth than a floss thread. The brush is specially designed to access in between your teeth where a regular toothbrush cannot reach.

3. Be careful with what you eat

Avoid certain foods that might damage your braces and teeth. For instance, keep away from starchy and sugary foods because they cause plaque buildup around the braces. Equally, avoid chewy foods like caramel and dried fruits as they can get stuck between the braces. Lastly, steer clear of hard foods like nuts because they can easily break the wires on your braces. Overall, slice your food into small pieces and chew gently to avoid damaging your braces.

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